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2 stars Chuck's Ghost Music (that's him there in the picture) is a soundtrack album for ghost stories that Randy (the singing Resident) just narrates and sometimes is deeply involved as a character in them. Now, this album are not the stories themselves, and I'm not sure in what format were they introduced in THE RESIDENTS discography (probably as a Live DVD of the "Talking Light" tour or some other video DVD) but I happened upon some videos of these stories that were made freely available on youtube so I had the opportunity to check this one out. Since this music's purpose is background for Randy or some other actor to tell the story, it's really quiet and non-eventful as it mustn't take attention from the story going on (which is always in storyteller spoken word style of someone who talks about the events rather than a plot and dialogue going on like "Voice Of Midnight", which calls for even less captive music than a radio drama). Music itself is repetitive (not really a bad attribute for a soundtrack) and mostly electronic reminding me a bit of "12 Days Of Brumalia" which was wacky electronic experimentation all around.

I do recommend checking out the story videos as they are pretty interesting; sometimes video editing and effects might seem amateurish but they back that up with them being just insanely disturbing (as are their ghost stories disturbing, rather than being horrors using cheap scare tactics). If this album contained the stories themselves I would rate it good and same as the "Gingerbread Man" (and with video I would be maybe tempted between 3 and 4 stars), but as it is it's a boring listen.

historian9 | 2/5 |


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